Hospital services

Working paper

Labour protests during the pandemic: the case of hospital and retail workers in 90 countries

With a novel methodology searching news events from world’s largest news agencies via the online GDELT project, this report documents protest of key workers against their working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic in 90 countries.

In their words: how to support young people in suicidal distress

Emergency department presentations for young people who have self-harmed or are experiencing suicidal ideation are on the increase. This report outlines better alternatives, including safe spaces with youth peer workers or a crisis support team that comes to the young person’s home.
Briefing paper

Avoiding hospital readmissions: the models and the role of primary care

This paper discusses different models of care reported in the literature which have been used to prevent unplanned hospital readmissions, including those models that improve transitional care, as well as virtual wards and tele-health.

Funding the infrastructure of tomorrow

This report sets out the need to continue to invest in new roads, public transport, schools and hospitals, to address infrastructure inequality. The authors propose that governments set a stable level of investment and build a long term pipeline of work around these allocations.

Nursing safe staffing review

This report reviews the implementation, effectiveness and impact of the Care Capacity Demand Management (CCDM) Programme.
Working paper

Developing international benchmarks of patient safety culture in hospital care

Improving patient safety culture (PSC) is a significant priority for OECD countries as they work to improve healthcare quality and safety. This document reports on patient safety within hospitals across the OECD.
Journal article

“I’m outta here!”: a qualitative investigation into why Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people self-discharge from hospital

The findings in this research article are specific to one acute care hospital in Brisbane, Australia. The insights illuminated by the research may be relevant in other settings, where similar contextual forces have shaped hospital care, but cannot fully account for why all patients self-discharge.

Responding to our consultation: changes for more flexible and responsive regulation

The Care Quality Commission is currently in the process of developing a new five-year strategy, to run from 2021 – 2026. While it is carrying out a programme of engagement around the new strategy, CQC has also launched a consultation on proposals to make its...

Hospitalisations in Australian aged care: 2014/15–2018/19

This research by the Office of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety shows the rates of hospitalisation of aged care facility residents aged 65 years or more.
Journal article

Impact of COVID-19 on healthcare activity in NSW, Australia

COVID-19 has left no healthcare system untouched. The aim of this study was to quantify the changes in activity seen in the NSW health system in the first half of 2020.

Health expenditure Australia 2018-19

Regular reporting of national health expenditure is important to understanding Australia’s health system and how spending relates to changes such as the ageing population, increased chronic disease prevalence, and medicinal and technological developments. This report presents estimates of the amount spent on health goods and...

Understanding and sustaining the health care service shifts accelerated by COVID-19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to significant changes in how NHS services are delivered and used. This has seen an acceleration of policies that have previously only made incremental progress.
Briefing paper

Morbidity, mortality, and sex-specific impacts of COVID-19

This rapid research brief analyses the factors that influence the risk of infection, the risk of severe disease requiring hospitalisation or intensive care unit (ICU) admission, and the risk of death.

Resilient health and care: learning the lessons of COVID-19

This report argues that the UK government should take the opportunity to create a health system where resilience is considered efficient, where long-term thinking is encouraged, and where resources are allocated to deliver on it.
Conference paper

Influence of the built environment on patient safety and well-being: a functional perspective

In healthcare facilities, patient safety and well-being are known to be influenced by the built environment (BE). However, mechanisms linking BE to patient safety and wellbeing are not well-understood, which hinders the prevention and mitigation of undesired outcomes.
Journal article

Long term outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians after hospital intensive care

This article assesses long term outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) Australians admitted non‐electively to intensive care units (ICUs).

Disparities in potentially preventable hospitalisations across Australia, 2012–13 to 2017–18

The potentially preventable hospitalisations (PPH) indicator is a proxy measure of primary care effectiveness. This report highlights disparities in PPH rates between populations.

Hotspots of potentially preventable hospital admissions

This is the second edition of a bitesize Health Performance Council report pinpointing potential health inequalities by analysing South Australian public hospital data, looking for hospitalisations that are potentially preventable, variation by where people live in the state, and opportunities to improve.

Learning from adverse events

The report covers adverse events reported by New Zealand's 20 district health boards (DHBs) and other providers. Adverse events (previously referred to as serious and sentinel events) are events which have generally resulted in harm to patients. This report details adverse events in DHBs in...

Aboriginal people’s experiences of hospital care

More than 1,000 Aboriginal people shared their experiences of care in emergency departments and as admitted patients in NSW public hospitals.

Regional variation in uptake of Indigenous health checks and in preventable hospitalisations and deaths

Focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, this report shows how rates of potentially preventable hospitalisations, potentially avoidable deaths and Indigenous health checks vary geographically within each Australian state and territory and between Primary Health Networks.

Admitted patient care 2017–18

Hospital admissions have risen faster than population growth, and last financial year saw a rise in influenza related hospitalisations, according to this report. There were also relatively high rates of admissions classified as potentially preventable in 2017–18.

2019 public hospital report card

This 2019 Public Hospital Report Card shows a public hospital system under pressure.
Position paper

Key health issues for the 2019 federal election

This document sets out what the AMA and the medical profession believe needs to be done to keep the Australian health system up there as one of the best in the world.

WASH in health care facilities: global baseline report 2019

This report from the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (JMP) indicates that WASH services in health care facilities are sub-standard in every region.